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New York Times, Friday, January 24, 1992

Author:
Ernie Furtado
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 268 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Ernie Furtado has 18 pre-Shortz puzzles and 12 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,417

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Across
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Secular : LAIC
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Device for guitar pickers : CAPO
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" ... ___ o'clock scholar" : ATEN
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Major or Minor lead-in : URSA
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Last of a series : OMEGA
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Rose, scrambled : SORE
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Neverland dweller : TINKERBELL
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Ten-footer? : POLE
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Van Gogh's "The Potato ___" : EATERS
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Loaded hooks anew : REBAITED
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Problems, problems : WOES
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One way to go for dinner : DUTCH
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Train wreck, e.g. : DISASTER
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Pants from Sam : MISFIT
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Start of a Dickens title : ATALE
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Military coat : TUNIC
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Altar on high : ARA
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Cistern : TANK
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Middle name in mysteries : CONAN
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Chevalier hit : MIMI
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Highest: Abbr. : ULT
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Rajah's mates : RANIS
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Plastic wrap : SARAN
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Bellyached : MOANED
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Spark plug of a sort : CATALYST
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Strobiles : CONES
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Unaspirated : LENE
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Veggies style : JULIENNE
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Pusher preceder : PENCIL
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Stats for starters and stoppers : ERAS
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Prokofiev ballet: 1945 : CINDERELLA
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Malarial illness : AGUE
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Lyric poem : EPODE
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Middling : SOSO
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Nitti nemesis : NESS
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Hissed reproofs : TSTS
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Healthy joints? : SPAS
Down
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Seal, as pipe joints : LUTE
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Mills or Sills solo : ARIA
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"Say It ___ So," Berlin tune : ISNT
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Breeze : CAKEWALK
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Hourglass-figure fashioner : CORSET
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Dipl. : AMB
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Equal : PEER
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Looked at cheesecake : OGLED
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Tomato salads : ASPICS
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A granter of wishes : TOOTHFAIRY
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Della's creator : ERLE
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Exigency : NEED
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Protein in milk : ALBUMIN
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Leaflike, in a way : EROSE
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Symptom carry-on : ATIC
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First native-born American saint : SETON
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Bit of information : DATUM
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Writer Calvino : ITALO
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Symbol of benevolence : SANTACLAUS
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Having mystical meaning : RUNIC
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La Douce namesakes : IRMAS
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Sully : TAINT
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Twangy : NASAL
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Rhythm : CADENCE
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Masculinity : MALENESS
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Popular name in Paris : RENE
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More rational : SANER
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Cacophony producers : NOISES
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Powwow places : TEPEES
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Cut, in poesy : SNIPT
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Actress Harlow : JEAN
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Importune : URGE
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Sonny Shroyer role : ENOS
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Clippety-___ : CLOP
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Ingrid in "Casablanca" : ILSA
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Myanmar neighbor : LAOS
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Banned insecticide : DDT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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